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Terror Attacks in Afghanistan Escalating

Renzo Pierres, Sloan Terrorism Studies Fellow

September 18, 2018

A series of blasts around Nangarhar, Afghanistan, killed dozens last Tuesday. One targeted a mass protest against a police commander accused of abusing his power (NYT). Explosions killed at least 57 people there, with over 100 wounded (National). The other attacks targeted schools, which just reopened after summer break. One boy died, and four others were injured (National).

 

Nangarhar has been a stronghold of ISIS since 2015, and Afghan tensions with the Taliban have been ongoing for 17 years (AJ). Neither organization claimed responsibility for the attacks. Nevertheless, these attacks, which have escalated leading up to national elections (Reuters), may affect a ceasefire between the Afghan government and Taliban forces negotiated this summer (AJ).

 

Sources:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/afghanistan-suicide-bomber-kills-32-attack-protesters-180911132240204.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/world/asia/afghanistan-bombing-attacks.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FTerrorism

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-security/dozens-killed-and-injured-in-suicide-attack-at-afghan-protest-idUSKCN1LR0W9

https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/suicide-bombing-kills-protesters-in-eastern-afghanistan-1.769077


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